Organizing – Your Calendar

I have long struggled to keep all the plates spinning – whether when I was teaching, planning a wedding, working, maintaining two schedules so I knew when my husband was doing what, or now – juggling work, family, pets, and extra activities we each enjoy doing. I am also not one of those people who does well with a calendar on the computer or phone. Which is weird, I know, because I’m SO technology oriented. But there is something about me. I just have to WRITE IT DOWN. And I have to see it in a couple of different places for something to really stick in my head.

SO, a while back I created my calendar peg board. It’s great for combining every schedule I have and making a quick visual reference for anyone in the family to view. You can see pictures and learn more about that project from my previous blog. You’ll find the post here: And yes, that was from January of 2012… and I’m still using it. I update it on the first of every month, and it’s a great way for me to sit down and review what is coming up during the month. Plus, since it has calendars for the next two months upcoming, it’s a great way for me to start thinking about events further down the road. Here’s an updated picture of my calendar taken today:


Recently, however, I got tired of my Office Depot-purchased calendar book, with its tattered pages and multiple paper clips trying to hold everything together.  I wanted something cute and fun, that fit my needs.  So, the search began.  I didn’t want to spend any money, so I looked on Pinterest for ideas… and found LOTS of calendar and organizing ideas.  I decided that I’d use a binder I already had, paper I already had, plastic sleeves I already had, and tab dividers I already had to make the perfect binder for me!  And that’s what I did.  Here are a few shots:

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I just took a cute paper and printed the binder title on it and slipped it in the front cover!

These beautiful printable monthly calendars are found FREE from this blog that I have now searched over an hour for and can’t find again!!  OH NO!!!  You can download the pdf file here:  This lady created a beautiful calendar file that you can just print on your color printer.  I will continue to search for that blog, and when I find it, will update with the link.

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I love this “Peek at the Week” sheet.  It’s fabulous for recording daily “to do” items, as well as weekly.  Plus, it’s a menu planner, a grocery list keeper, and a place to record thoughts, where I like to write a Bible verse.  It starts out fairly blank for the week, and by the end of the week, it is typically quite full and messy!  Best part is, when it’s done, I can just pull it out of the binder and toss it!!!  Talk about feeling successful!  That week is DONE! 🙂  Get it here:

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On the back of each monthly calendar, I have a calendar for recording birthdays and anniversaries!  Perfect because it’s not year-specific and can be kept in the binder even when the years go by.  Perfect for quick reference, and easy to add to when new friends come along!

In the back of the binder, I have a reference section, where I can keep my (ideal) household cleaning schedule, home and auto maintenance schedules as well as auto insurance information, pet care records, and since they are in plastic sleeves, the back is the perfect place to store pet shot records and receipts.  Becca has her own binder, which I’ll share at some point in the future.  If you would like to download these pages that I personally created, you can download them here:

Title Pages
Monthly Birthday and Anniversary Chart
Household Cleaning
Home Maintenance
Auto Maintenance
Auto Insurance Info
Pet Care Records

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Organizing – A Children’s Library

Please note: In order to maintain some sense of organization to my organizing page, I decided to post my organizing ideas, and then create a link back to the post on the organizing page.  I’m sure right now that makes no sense, but hopefully it will over time as I add more information about organizing! 🙂
Children’s library
While one might think that organizing your toddler or elementary-aged child’s library would be futile, it’s actually one of the earliest ways to begin teaching your child to organize! There are a variety of ways you could chose to sort- with baskets, bins, tubs, or just by lining them up on a shelf.
But I highly recommend starting by making a section of bedtime or naptime comfort stories. For us, that section is right next to the rocking chair.
Then, if you have an older child, have him or her help you think of ways to sort the books. They could be by favorites, by topic, by color of the cover, or of course, by author. You might want a seperate section for magazines and for any audio gift books they might have received.
For younger children, a hodge-podge is easier to manage for the ones who are discovering how fun it is to pull books in and out of the baskets! Ha! However, I still recommend keeping a somewhat organized approach. Our baby Highlights magazines (called “Hello”- if you haven’t seen them for your preschooler, they are FABULOUS!!!), go in one basket, and then we also have a basket specifically for our theme books. The past couple weeks we’ve been learning about pond animals, so all of the books that we own that reference any sort of pond, turtle, duck, fish, or frog, goes in that special basket. The other books just go neatly in whatever basket they’ll fit in.
No matter the age, having a special way you keep your books helps your child to understand they aren’t just toys thrown in a bin- they are special and important. 🙂


Sewing again!

It had appeared my sewing machine was permanently out of commission, but I figured out- it just couldn’t handle the projects I was trying to do. It doesn’t like thick thread, or thick fabric. Live and learn!
So I found on Pinterest a pattern from to make a bandana dress… And I decided to give it a try! I made mine a bit different than hers- did the ribbon more like a pillowcase dress (ties on one side) and I used a thick white ribbon (I already had). So this project literally cost me $2. I washed the bandanas with vinegar along with some other fabric I’m hoping to sew soon (vinegar sets the colors and keeps them from running in future washes). Then I basically followed her directions, but started sewing 6 inches down instead of 9, and sewed in about an inch and a quarter on the sides. This made a perfect 2T-sized dress!!
Here’s my beautiful model. 🙂 (Note that with the thicker ribbon, it’s too short to be worn without leggings.)



On the Move!

On the Move!

Hard to believe it, but we are about to be the parents of a crawler. Little Miss “I can roll everywhere” is finding that she can move a little faster if she gets up on her knees… Life is about to get VERY interesting!

Painting the weather

I’ve been wanting to have a simple weather graph to mark daily when we sing our “What’s the Weather” song (someday I’ll figure out how to attach a voice record!), so I decided we’d just make one!
Super simple. All you need is blue and yellow finger paints, a paper plate, Sharpee marker, cardstock of any color cut into an arrow, and a brad!
One yellow hand painted circle/oval makes the sun, blue hand streaks for wind, finger dots for rain, then draw/write your labels, and attach your arrow! Wahoo!
And talk about taking ownership! No matter the age of your child, they love looking at their own creations more than something pre-made and store bought!! Such a quick and fun project!